Staff

Joanna Champagne, K4 & K5 Kindergarten

 

With a background in music and theatre, Miss Joanna brings our K4 and K5 classroom to life with music and song!  Students learn weekly Bible verses through daily practice with music and hand motions. Miss Joanna is an incredible phonics teacher and is passionate about helping children learn to love reading.  She has one son Elijah and lives in Opelika.  

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Ashley Jeffares, 2nd & 3rd Grade

 

Hi, my name is Ashley Jeffares.  I am from Reeltown, AL, where I graduated from high school in 2002. I attended Southern Union with a scholarship and then transferred to Troy University main campus where I received my B.S. in K-6 Elementary and Collaborative Education. I returned to Troy after my teaching career began and received my M.S. in K-6 Elementary Education. I taught at Beauregard Elementary for the past 11 years, teaching all subjects in 3rd grade. My husband, Tony, and I have been married for ten years. The Lord has blessed us with three beautiful, little girls, Kelsi (7), Klaira (4), and Kendall (8 months). I love reading, going to the lake or the beach, and just being outdoors in general. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to teach your children this year as we grow academically and spiritually together!

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Whitney Nichols, Geometry 9-11th

Whitney Nichols graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in Mathematics in 2001. She has over 10 years of teaching experience. She will be using her math skills to help our 3rd and 4th grade students master key math skills at this important age. . She recently returned to Auburn where she lives with her husband, Corey and two boys, Braxton and Parker. Whitney loves all things Disney, cheering on the Auburn Tigers, and, singing and playing the guitar at church. 

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Diane Yockachonis, 6th Math & History, 7th History, 9-11th History

Diane Yockachonis graduated Cum Laude from Auburn University in the School of Education back in 2000. She then married her husband Rick soon after and had their son in 2006. They decided to homeschool before he was even born and began teaching private classes ranging from the topics of Sign Language, French, and Anatomy. They have homeschooled their son from the beginning and have greatly enjoyed involvement with The Oaks School. Diane and her husband own and operate Mafia’s Ristorante in downtown Opelika.

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Addie Hill, 6th & 7th English, Spanish

My name is Addie Hill, and I'm so excited to be a part of The Oaks School! I'm from Jasper, AL where I graduated from Walker High School in 1997.  I attended Auburn University and graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in secondary education, English and Spanish in 2001. I taught Language Arts at Drake Middle School from 2002 to 2011.  My husband, Brandon, and I have been married for fourteen years and have three amazing children, Holden (10), Scarlett (6) and Wylder (4). I love running, oil painting,and reading. I look forward to exploring, learning, and growing in Christ with your children this year!

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Hanna Geisler, 6th, 7th, 9-11th Science, 8th Language Arts

 

My name is Hanna Geisler, and I am so excited to be a part of The Oaks for the second year. I am originally from Cincinnati, OH but moved down to Alabama to attend Auburn University, where I will be graduating with my Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in the Fall.

I have been involved in inclusion programs for children with special needs, and through that have learned the impact that pouring into our kids at an early age can have. I became involved in ministry through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Auburn University and have since become involved in high school FCA as well. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to grow in Christ with your children as we learn together!

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Doug Reynolds, 8th Grade History

Doug pursued a career in education after retiring as an officer in the Army. His bachelors and master’s degrees are from the University of South Carolina and LSU, respectively. He has experience teaching at the high school level and has served as an academic dean for a private school. Doug currently teaches history at Southern Union Community College. He and his wife Charissa live in Dadeville and have three kids: two sons Tyler and Cody and daughter Launa. We are also excited about having Doug’s daughter Launa at The Oaks School. Doug is also helping us with accreditation efforts through the AISA.